Gain the knowledge in one of Georgia’s most under-served areas of law
This course helps fill the growing need for immigration law practitioners. Successful participants will:
- assess the tools for an applicant, petitioner, or beneficiary to pursue certain immigration paths or resolve immigration questions
- gain practical exposure to various important immigration forms
- learn to develop a persuasive application for applicants
- learn to conduct research of the various types of immigrant and non-immigrant visas
- learn how to prepare clients for the interviews or court appearances
Georgia needs immigration law practitioners
The average salary for an immigration paralegal is $52,000 per year in Georgia, where there is high demand for immigration-related services. Georgia has a large population of immigrants and nonimmigrants who may need guidance on matters affecting their permanent or temporary U.S. residency.
Students who earn the UGA’s Immigration Law Certificate will have completed coursework that provides a foundation for practice in the areas of immigration law, asylum and refugee law, and citizenship and naturalization law.
Students who will be providing any immigration service to clients for compensation, such as completing government agency forms, under Act, O.C.G.A., Title 43, Chapter 20A, must register with the Office of the Secretary of State, Immigration Assistance Providers, unless exempted by the Act.
Immigration Law Certificate is an intensive, hands-on course highlighting the most relevant matters of immigration, including:
- reasons for attorney/counselor involvement
- preparing persuasive petitions
- client interviews and strategies
- researching statutory, regulatory and case law
- properly completing forms and documents
- nonimmigrant and immigrant visas
- asylum, naturalization, and citizenship
- relief before the courts
- relief in removal proceedings
Students will also attend one Immigration Court Observation session as one of the scheduled learning activities for the course.
Note: This Court Observation is held during normal weekday business hours. The address for this requirement is Atlanta Immigration Court, 180 Spring Street SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.
Who Should Attend?
- Paralegals and others working under an attorney who can legally advise and represent clients
- Those who want to become accredited immigration representatives working for BIA-accredited organizations
- Law school students and graduates, legal advocates, management consultants, and attorneys in private practice that are unfamiliar with immigration procedures
March 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2019
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Students will be awarded a Certificate of Program Completion for 2.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon completion of 24 hours of course work.
Attendance Policy and Other Important Requirements:
- Timely and successful completion of written and oral assignments
- Attendance at sessions
- A 79% or higher for course assessment